Sonic Intervention


Enjoy your waiting.

If you can hear the music while you are waiting elevator and green light, then can you guess what things will happen?

What did you do for waiting the elevator or green light? I thought that you might see your phone without the reason or just waste the time. It is too boring although waiting time was not pretty long. How to make this time to be more exciting and to be enjoyed? It was my initial question, thus I decided to solve this problem with some graphic design and sound for project 3 in ARTGR 698 class.

First attempting for solving this problem, I made play button using icon and tested at elevator in College of Design. I installed button on the call button and located Bluetooth speaker on the top of the structure that included call button. After observed person’s react, I could know that how to develop my method for final documentary. The most important thing that I concerned was to reduce confusing about the button. People hesitated to press button when they was the button, because of the play icon. It made people to get confusing about the function of the button, they want to call the elevator to go upper floor but the symbol looked like that you could go left side not upper floor. Thus, I had to solve this problem, too.

For my final, I designed buttons with more function and text to use on the elevator and the traffic light. Buttons for the elevator has Up tempo, DN tempo and three more icons for rewind, forward and stop, and traffic light button has only text “PLAY shuffle”. Therefore I put the Bluetooth speaker on the ground to make that people does not find speaker before music starts. After installed all materials for my observation, I recorded people’s reacting with my graphic and music. People felt less confusing than my first trying, therefore people could enjoy music and try press other buttons to change music. Finally, I succeed to solve the problem that how to make people enjoy their waiting time.

This project is also exciting experience for me, because of person’s reacting. I used extremely low technologies such as printed-paper, speaker and my I-phone. When people press the button, I also press the play button or others of my I-phone to start, change and stop the music. However, I could know that we can change human behavior, through little changes like this project. Sometimes, I want to apply this to other place that people have to wait for a while.

If you want to see the process of this, click the link on the below.

>Process 1
>Process 2

2015 Spring
Iowa State University Graduate Study
Instructor: Braidwood, Alex